Patents Assigned to Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11306955
    Abstract: A method of monitoring an air cycle machine including driving a rotary shaft of an air cycle machine, disconnecting a driving source to allow the rotary shaft to slow the rotary shaft, and monitoring a shutdown cycle of the rotary shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard Dion, Brian R. Shea, Peter Zywiak, Jeffrey J. Nieter
  • Publication number: 20220094357
    Abstract: A switching device includes an insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) or MOSFET having a gate, an emitter, and a collector configured to allow current to pass between the emitter and the collector based on voltage applied to the gate. A stack of alternating layers of photo-sensitive p-n junction layers and insulating layers stacked on the gate for optical switching control of voltage through the IGBT or MOSFET.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2021
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Applicant: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David H. Crowne, Richard A. Poisson, Scott R. Durkee
  • Publication number: 20220065680
    Abstract: A fluid quantity sensor system for sensing a fluid quantity in a fluid tank can include one or more strain sensors configured to be disposed in physical communication with the tank to sense a strain on one or more portions of the tank. The one or more strain sensors can include at least a first strain sensor disposed in physical communication with a first portion of the tank, and a second strain sensor disposed in physical communication with the second portion of the tank such that the first strain sensor is configured to sense a strain of the first portion of the tank and the second strain sensor is configured to sense a strain of the second portion of the tank. The first strain sensor and the second strain sensor can be positioned such that externally induced stress on a structure forming and/or supporting the tank can be cancelled out such that such that a strain caused by only the fluid in the tank can be determined to determine a weight of the fluid in the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Applicant: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Jeff Allred, Christopher Wilson
  • Publication number: 20220065588
    Abstract: A course correction system for a projectile can include a pre-steering trajectory determination module. The pre-steering trajectory determination module can be configured to receive a series of possible trajectories from an estimation module including a physical model defining trajectory as a function of gravitational pull and one or more launch variables, and receive a sensor data from one or more on-board sensors of the projectile. The pre-steering trajectory determination module can also be configured to reduce the possible trajectories from the estimation module to one or more refined trajectories using the sensor data, and output the one or more refined trajectories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Applicant: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Willenbring, Gregory Nash, Guy Squillace
  • Publication number: 20220057283
    Abstract: A load sensing system for sensing a load on a structure can include an optical load sensing element configured to change an optical state based on a force applied thereto, an optical source operatively connected to the optical load sensing element and configured to input an input optical signal to the optical load element, and an optical detector configured to receive a returned optical signal from the optical load sensing element. The optical detector can be configured to detect one or more frequency peaks of the returned optical signal and to use the one or more frequency peaks of the returned optical signal to correlate to a load value of the load and output the load value indicative of the load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Publication date: February 24, 2022
    Applicant: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Carini, David H. Crowne
  • Patent number: 11243098
    Abstract: A sensor node for a distributed sensing system, can include a physical memory configured to store configuration settings data, one or more sensor channels configured to interface with one or more physical sensors to receive signals from the one or more physical sensors, and one or more configurable logic modules connected to the physical memory and operative to receive the configuration settings data and to be configured by the configuration settings data into a logic state to control whether and/or how the one or more one or more configurable logic modules receive and/or processes data from the one or more sensor channels. The one or more configurable logic modules can include one or more FPGAs and/or PLDs, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin T. Rule, Travis Gang, Thomas Henck, Travis DeMent, Peter J. Carini, Daniel Hiatt, Benjamin D. Mcbride, Matthew B. Burleigh
  • Patent number: 11218871
    Abstract: A portable wireless communications adapter includes a wireless receiver, a wireless transmitter, an electronic interface connector, and a location sensing module. The wireless receiver is configured to receive wireless data over a Wireless Avionics Intra-Communication (WAIC) frequency range between 4.2 gigahertz (GHz) and 4.4 GHz. The wireless transmitter is configured to send wireless data over the WAIC frequency range between 4.2 GHz and 4.4 GHz. The electronic interface connector is configured to mate with a portable electronic device for communication of the wireless data with the portable electronic device. The location sensing module is configured to determine a location of the portable wireless communications adapter relative to an interior of an aircraft based on WAIC communications received at the wireless receiver and selectively enable and disable the wireless transmitter based on the determined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Rameshkumar Balasubramanian, Pullaiah Dussa, Michael A. Lynch
  • Publication number: 20210404769
    Abstract: A guided munition system includes a munition body including at least one fluid dynamic control for changing course of the munition body in flight. A seeker onboard the munition body is operatively connected to control the at least one fluid dynamic control. The seeker includes a coded aperture imaging device facing outward from the munition body for image based control for guiding the munition body in flight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Applicant: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Graham, Gary Willenbring
  • Patent number: 11210920
    Abstract: A system including at least a first node or subnet device configured to be commanded by a controller, a first controller configured to control operation of the first node and interface with a host outside of the system, and a second controller identical to the first controller configured to be a child to the first controller during normal operation and be a parent to a second node or subnet device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis Gang, Travis DeMent, David F. Dickie
  • Publication number: 20210389161
    Abstract: A method of measuring target proximity comprising the steps of transmitting a magnetic field signal by a controller of a proximity sensor at a target, measuring impedance of an inductor of a proximity sensor, calculating a relative position of the target in relation to a sensor face, and providing a near/far output status of the target at a predetermined rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2021
    Publication date: December 16, 2021
    Applicant: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott R. Durkee
  • Publication number: 20210364419
    Abstract: A method of identifying a viral compound, which includes modulating a narrow linewidth laser over a range of frequencies to provide a modulated optical signal that includes a single optical sideband, optically focusing the modulated optical signal with the single optical sideband at a viral sample to excite the viral sample and stimulate an emission of photons therefrom, and detecting amplification of the optical sideband emanating from the viral sample indicating an emission of photons at an acoustic resonance of the viral sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Applicant: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Jeff Allred, Raymond Zanoni
  • Publication number: 20210361795
    Abstract: A germicidal system includes a handle for opening a door or compartment. An ultra-violet illuminator is mounted proximate the handle for irradiating a surface of the handle to reduce pathogens from the handle between uses. The illuminator can include at least one LED that emits in ultra-violet wavelengths. A sensor can be included proximate the handle. A controller can be operatively connected to the sensor and to the illuminator. The controller can be configured to activate the illuminator based on detection of a user by the sensor. The controller can be configured to activate the illuminator for a predetermined amount of time for each use of the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Applicant: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Carini
  • Patent number: 11181368
    Abstract: A system includes at least one light projector, at least one image sensor, and at least one controller. The at least one light projector is attachable to an aircraft at a first location. The at least one light projector is configured to emit a first beam of light in a first direction at a first intensity. The at least one image sensor is attachable to the aircraft at a second location. The at least one image sensor is configured to capture a first image of a scene including reflections of the first beam of light and a second image of the scene without the at least one projector emitting a beam of light. The at least one controller is configured to determine a maximum detection range of the first beam of light based upon the light intensity of the light beam, the first location, and the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: SIMMONDS PRECISION PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Rutkiewicz, David Matty, Kent Allan Ramthun, Joseph T. Pesik
  • Patent number: 11107297
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a condition of a system is provided. The method includes receiving a first sampled signal having first sampled points sampled at a first sampling rate, and receiving a second sampled signal having second sampled points sampled at a second sampling rate. Both the first and second sampled signals originate from sensing over a dimension in the same sensing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan M. Duke
  • Patent number: 11094210
    Abstract: A system includes a camera mounted on an aircraft, one or more processors, and computer readable memory, for determining a location of an aircraft relative to fiducial markings of airport byways. The method includes the steps of capturing, by a camera disposed on the aircraft, a time-sequence of images of a scene external to the aircraft, wherein the scene includes the byways and the fiducial markings; identifying, by image processing circuitry, pixel coordinates within each of the time sequence of captured images corresponding to the fiducial markings; and determining, by the image processing circuitry, the location of the aircraft relative to the fiducial markings based on the identified pixel coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SIMMONDS PRECISION PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph T. Pesik
  • Publication number: 20210247799
    Abstract: A distributed network system can include a master controller having a master clock configured to output a master time, and a master transmission delay time module configured to modify the master time to add a known master transmission delay to the master time to output an adjusted master time. The system can include a first device operatively connected to the master controller and configured to receive the adjusted master time from the master controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David F. Dickie, Travis DeMent, Thomas Henck, Daniel Hiatt, Travis Gang, Benjamin T. Rule
  • Publication number: 20210232103
    Abstract: A system including a system controller configured to transmit a first amount of commands in order to produce a desired effect by a group of actuators acting in combination. A system controller configured to control a group of at least two actuators in order to produce at least one combined effect, wherein the number of actuators is greater than or equal to the number of effects. A system controller configures to independent and variable bandwidths or responses of the desired effects produced by the actuators acting in combination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Applicant: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Hull
  • Patent number: 11059574
    Abstract: An electronic braking arrangement includes a brake stack assembly, a driver circuit, a current limiter circuit, and a voltage limiter circuit. The driver circuit is operably connected to the brake stack assembly. The current limiter circuit and the voltage limiter circuit are connected in series between the driver circuit and the brake stack assembly to drive friction brake loads in the brake stack assembly with a voltage limited constant drive current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott R. Durkee
  • Publication number: 20210203822
    Abstract: A method includes forming a first image of a scene through a static coded aperture onto a sensor with the static coded aperture in a first position relative to the sensor, shifting the coded aperture to a second position relative to the sensor, and forming a second image of the scene through the static coded aperture onto the sensor with the static coded aperture in the second position. Two or more images can be formed in this way. The method includes forming a combined image by deconvolving the two or more images and combining data from the two or more images into the combined image. The combined image can be a more accurate representation of the scene than either of the first and second images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Graham
  • Publication number: 20210197986
    Abstract: A sensor system can include a sensor configured to output raw sensor data, a plurality of processing modules configured to process the raw sensor data from the sensor to output processed sensor data, a state module for each processing module operative to cause a respective processing module to receive and/or process the sensor data, and a control module configured to receive a coded bitstring and activate or deactivate a predefined set of state modules based on the coded bitstring to control which processing modules process the sensor data and/or an order of processing. The coded bitstring can include a plurality of discrete bits less than the amount of processing modules and/or state modules. A plurality of the state modules and/or processing modules can be associated with at least one discrete bit of the plurality of discrete bits such that each coded bitstring corresponds to a predetermined group of state modules and/or processing modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Carini, Thomas Henck, Travis Gang